A microfilm is a media item which was heavily used as a learning and reference medium in UTM back in the 1980’s until early 2000. It used a special 35mm film and was stored in boxes for easy storage. There are almost 15,000 titles of microfilms in the UTM Library collection, ranging from theses, international journals, acts, newspapers etc. The library’s effort to carry out the microfilming process began as early as the 1980s until 2007, and it focused on duplication of theses and research projects. The initiative was carried out to preserve the security of the intellectual property of the university. Also, to ensure that this primary source of information can still be referred to from time to time. The microfilm collection is stored in an environmentally controlled storage at the Media Materials Room, UTM Library.
MICROFILM READER ‘ALLEN MICRO MODEL’
The microfilm reader was first used in the UTM Library in the early 1980’s and early 2000’s. It was used for reading thesis content (text and images) which was stored on microfilms and displayed on the machine’s screen. At the time, online information development was very limited, and it had an impact on users’ reference approach. As such, microfilm became one of the main sources of information in the UTM Library. The microfilm was considered essential in the library’s collection as a means of storing a large amount of data in a small medium.
MICROFICHE READER ‘MICRON 750 MODEL’
The Microfiche Reader was used to read the content of a microfiche. It was a source of information in the form of a flat film sheet and contained text and images. The content of the microfiche film was read according to the order of the letters on the machine and the display could be expanded when needed. A total of 500 titles of microfiche are available in the UTM Library collection, covering various sources such as journals, technical reports, proceedings, and other general references.
MICROFILM MACHINE ‘RECORDAK MODEL’
The ‘Recordak Micro-File’ machine was used to capture small images of UTM theses. The images were recorded into microfilms or microfiche. It utilised a special film; the ‘Kodak Ektacrhrome’ which was 35mm in size, and with a capacity of 100 feet per film roll. This machine was first used in UTM Library around early 1980’s until around 2007.
MICROFILM CAMERA‘ZEUTSCHEL OK 102 MODEL’
The ‘Microfilm Camera Zeutschel OK 102’ is a high accuracy camera used to photograph small images of UTM theses. The images were recorded into microfilms or microfiche. It utilised a special film; the ‘Kodak Ektacrhrome’ which was 35mm in size, and with a capacity of 100 feet per film roll. This machine was first used in UTM Library in 1986 until around 2007.
MICROFILM PROCESSOR ‘KODAK PROSTAR MODEL’
The ‘Kodak Prostar II Processor’ was used to cleanse the 16mm and 35mm sized microfilm of ‘Recordak Micro-File’ machine and the ‘Zeutschel’ microfilm camera machine. It also produced negative microfilms for UTM theses. It was capable of processing microfilms with a speed of up to 10 feet per minute.
KODAK PROSTAR REPLENISHER MACHINE
The ‘Kodak Prostar Replenisher’ was used to mix two types of chemical compound namely ‘Kodak Developer’ and ‘Kodak Fixer’. The mixture was then transferred into the ‘Kodak Prostar II Processor’ machine to be used during the microfilm washing process.